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Don't Pretend with lholden


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Loob

 Genre: Rock

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I have a list of ongoing projects (partial) on my project site, in various stages of completion. This song progression was roughed out and sitting on the site's list, and had been for a couple years. Along came my dear friend Laurie Holden, and grabbed it up. She said she liked it and had some lyrics written that she thought fit. So she came up with this vocal melody and auditioned. I immediately loved it! What a beautiful girl she is with a beautiful voice! So we worked on it a bit and here is the finished product! I knew I was listing these tracks on my site for a reason. She just happened to browse to it one day and the rest as they say is history. I wrote and performed all of the music. Laurie wrote and performed all of the vocals and lyrics. A much enjoyed co-authoring!
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Lyrics
It all started with a space on the couch
A place in the world where one could check out
Where all the curious eyes
Could not experience pain without end

Guilty of...
Depression, aggression, obsession, denial
The final end
Don't pretend
Don't pretend

Well, from the couch there was a move to the chair
A desolate and unnerving stare
Through the sliding glass panes of our lives
Images reflect one's own strife

Guilty of...
Depression, aggression, obsession, denial
The final end
Don't pretend
Don't pretend

-bridge-

How many minutes in an hour?
Oh How many minutes in a day?
How many in a year?
How many lives are wasting away?
Oh Could it be enough power
To chase the night away?

There were the moments of laughter and joy
Photo smiles were not a toy
Those were the days that cruised by like the wind
Images could not be bent

Guilty of...
Depression, aggression, obsession, denial
The final end
Don't pretend
Don't pretend
Song Stats
Hits: 2682
Comments: 48
Fans: 24
Plays: 192
Downloads: 50
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Jul 01, 2011 - 08:21:07 PM
Last Updated: Jul 01, 2011 - 08:21:07 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 07:57:53 PM
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Comments
JAB24 said 2273 days ago (July 1st, 2011)
Don't Pretend with lholden
I really really love the lead guitar ! very up beat. Nice work.
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Thank you James
for your listen and comment
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hackneybloke said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
don't pretend
heard an earlier version of this if you remember, and was very taken with it. laura's voice is stunning here.....she sounds like carole king...i love carole king.....i now love laura holden. the rest is also sensational....it's so pro sounding.....everything just at the right level dynamically. a seriously cool retro seventies track....whilst at the same time being timeless and of the moment. i love the lead guitar on the outro. fantastic collaboration. be very proud, both of you.
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Carole is my wife's favorite.
And I agree that Laurie rocks this! Thanks Julian!
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PeterB7858 said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
A classy combination...
Hi Laura and Freddie. Ah, what a combination. Laura, your vocals are wonderful and you came up with a great melody/lyric combination over Freddie's classy backer (I had a listen to this too and had worked up a partially completed song but didn't get around to pursuing it). Glad I was too lazy... I really like where it has gone. Congratulations both of you. Regards, Peter.
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Well Pete
You already know what a pleasure she is to work with! We both wish a speedy recovery for you my friend! Thanks!
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KCsGROOVE said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
don't pretend
Dig it , right from the first note.
Cool songwriting, guitarplaying and lovely vocals!
Fav and download! :-)
KC
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Thank you KC
For faving and downloading. We appreciate it.
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alackbass said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Don't Pretend with lholden
Very cool! The groove, organ, and minor blues progression, makes the backing track sound like a lost track from The Doors' Strange Days record. Of course the soaring female vocal, modern rock guitar tones, and modern production place it firmly in the present. Great mix too!
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Well that is a great compliment.
I can hear that too Andrew. The bass and organ together do kinda have a Doors feel to them. Thank you!
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Philip18 said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Powerful
Outstanding musicianship here - love that guitar (bothe tone and lines you are playing) and of course the drums that drive the whole thing. The vocal grabs attention. Brilliant!
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
We thank you Philip!

Hope to have more from Laurie and I to post soon!
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gadzooks said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Don't Pretend with lholden
Wow, like the guitar on this. And that organ ... this is right down my alley. Love it man. Real bluesy rockin' groove. Vocals are fantastic!. Your drums sound great ... man nothing like real drums. Great production. This rocks!
SG
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Coming from you that means a lot Stan
You da man and we appreciate you liking our collab.
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DWL said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
What a blast!
Great beginning and it just gets better.

Excellent work.

Cheers

Dick
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Cool
Glad you enjoyed it Dick so did we... Thanks man.
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Corporal Beef said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Don't Pretend
Great performances by the two of you. Sounds great in my cans...everything is well placed. Thanks for posting.
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Thank you Jason.
I couldn't ask for better than Laurie to work with.
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davisamerica said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
1:15 guitars
made my ears giggle. Rock solid tune and hats off to Laurie. Guys this is quiet good.
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
We made ys laugh. LOL
That makes my day Jack! Thanks man.
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mrattue said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Amazing
to think that these two parts didn't arise naturally together, they are so well suited.

in a way, i suppose they did, in a musical sense.

The 'how many minutes in an hour' passage reminded me of ABBA (which is good, for me!)

Impressive and enjoyable.

Marc
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Marc
That passage to me has a Freddy Mercury feeling to it. Where she kinda makes her voice growl. She is an amazing vocalist and and equally amazing person on top of it. If you ever get a chance to work with her, you'll see what I mean. She is a one of a kind. Thanks!
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neilh79 said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Dont Pretend
Excellent song and a great story how it came about, really glad it happened well done
Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Neil.
Yeah ya never know when someone is going to come along and finish one of your songs huh? I've had many just sitting for years, and who knows.... The next one that gets finished could be any one of them at any time. It's why I maintain a projects listing, and let people browse them.
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davisamerica2 said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
I don't have to pretend.
I loved this. Two years on a shelf? Tsk, tsk, tsk. Great song great music. Wonderful vocals. T
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Terry
I get a lot finished but I also have a lot unfinished. I am constantly working on other folk's songs too, but every once in awhile i get to finish one of my own... Thanks man.
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Moviz said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Pro
to the hilt..... Great musicianship and vocals.... comes out and grabs you..... love it, regards M
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Loob said 2273 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Maurice
I love working with her. That's all I can say.
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lholden said 2272 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
What can I say?
Thank you very much to everybody for their wonderfully supportive comments. Working with Freddy on this was my pleasure. He is such a talented, inspired musician as well as a top notch person. Thanks!! Let's hope that there will be more collabs to post from us soon:) All the best.
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Loob said 2270 days ago (July 4th, 2011)
You're such a champion doll Laurie!
You've left me in awe on this one!
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dave_b said 2272 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
Don't Pretend with lholden
I agree with Andrew on the Doors reference. This is a great sounding track. Great arrangement. The instruments are separated in the mix. I like the vocals and the performances are tight.
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Loob said 2270 days ago (July 4th, 2011)
More compliments!
Thanks Dave!
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H3nry said 2272 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
Don't Pretend
Great combination! This rocks. Had Janice Joplin sung with the Doors...
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Loob said 2270 days ago (July 4th, 2011)
Laurie rocks!
No doubt. Thanks Henry!
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finkeldink said 2271 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
Nice!
Wow, this one starts off right from the get go.
Very cool song!
Nice bluesy rpogressions but in a new wave sort of way.
I really like Laurie's vox. Nice!
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Loob said 2270 days ago (July 4th, 2011)
Thanks Eddie!
Much appreciated!
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2268 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Bluesy
.. and put me in mind of late 80's Fleetwood Mac. Laurie's voice has a hint of Christine Perfect, but with stronger tone and your guitar rocks like Lindsay Buckingham. Great tune, great voice, brilliant collab.
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Loob said 2268 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Thank you Paddy
High praise indeed. Glad you enjoyed it!
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TobinMueller said 2267 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Clean mix
I dig the organ. (Could maybe use more volume pedal shifting, like a live organ player does, but the organ really adds to the track. Nice settings changes.) Controlled power guitar, not over done. The straight ahead drumming works great. And cool song art. Nice track. Thanks for sharing this.
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Loob said 2267 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks Tobin
I heard Paddler play so I know what you mean about the volume/dynamics.
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mowguy3 said 2266 days ago (July 9th, 2011)
Don't Pretend
Jumps right out and never let's go. Solid track my friend. Enjoyed.....
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Loob said 2266 days ago (July 9th, 2011)
Thanks Russ
Maybe sometime we'll hook up on some collabs huh?
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Mosaica said 2265 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
Super!
Love this - a bit Stranglers-esque in the music. Bright & clear vocal, and really well mixed in the balance. Congrats all round.
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Loob said 2265 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
I don't think I've ever heard of
Stranglers. I'll have to google that and see what you are talking about. Thanks Rosalind.
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awigze said 2265 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
All is well here
Laurie's vocals are stellar on this plain of full rich sound
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Loob said 2265 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
Thanks Andy
I agree. She's a star!
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Llarion said 2265 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
How'd I miss this?
Love that sound you get out of the snare... Cool rock blues thing... Nice dark atmosphere, and a very fine co-write and collab, Laurie has a great set up pipes too!
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Loob said 2265 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
Thank you Phil!
We appreciate you listen and comment.
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